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Sunday, 20 March 2011
Mansion of Count Sergei Witte
Topic: Witte, Sergei

 

The modest white and blue mansion at No. 5 Kamennoostrovsky Pl., in St. Petersburg was the former home of Count Sergei Witte. He was one of the most important political figures of Tsarist Russia.

 

He served under the last two emperors of Russia. He was also the author of the October Manifesto of 1905, a precursor to Russia's first constitution  and Chairman of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister) of the Russian Empire.

 

Witte lived in his St. Petersburg mansion until his death in 1915.

© Royal Russia. 20 March, 2011



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Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:08 PM EDT
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Organ Music Back at the Tauride Palace
Now Playing: Language: Russian. Duration: 2 minutes, 37 seconds
Topic: Tauride Palace

Concerts of organ music are making a spectacular comeback to the Tauride Palace in St.Petersburg after a 100-year break.

A new organ, supplied by Spain’s top organ makers Gerhard Grenzing, was designed to fit the interior of the Domed Hall, where the Potemkin organ lost in the 19th century used to stand.

During the presentation of the new organ today Russian and Spanish organ players will perform pieces by Handel, Mendelsson and Brahms.

© Voice of Russia. 20 March, 2011



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Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Tsar Nicholas II's Rolls-Royce Up for Sale
Now Playing: Language: Russian. Duration: 43 seconds
Topic: Nicholas II

A unique purple Rolls Royce, once belonging to Tsar Nicholas II is up for grabs, the asking price is 5.5 million Euros.

15 March, 2011


 


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Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:09 PM EDT
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Monday, 14 March 2011
Royal Russia Achieves New Milestone!
Topic: Royal Russia

 

I am very pleased to announce that our 'Royal Russia' web site reached a new milestone. In the past year, our web site has welcomed over ONE MILLION visitors making 'Royal Russia' one of the most popular sites on the internet dedicated to the Romanov dynasty and Imperial Russian history!

Thank you for your continued support in helping to keep the memories of old Russia alive!

Paul Gilbert


 


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Saturday, 12 March 2011
A Faberge Inspired Treat

One of the leading Russian fashion designers, Valentin Yudashkin, has tried his hand at haute cuisine. He’s created an exquisite signature dessert served at the legendary Parisian Cafe de la Paix.

­The designer’s “Imperial Gift”, inspired by Carl Fabergé creations, has already been described as a treat to make anyone’s mouth water.

A meringue coated with chocolate, it has savory lemon flavor and a light vanilla cream spiced up with pieces of fresh blueberry and blackberry.

On top of the complex culinary installation, there’s a sweet waffle roll hiding a sugar-coated raspberry with golden tears.

The established Russian designer, whose creations have been exhibited at the Louvre Museum of Fashion and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, was quoted as saying that the challenge was to find such ingredients that would reveal all the nuances of traditional Russian cuisine.

“Desserts are my guilty-food pleasure. That’s why I was especially pleased to make my modest contribution to French culinary art,” Yudashkin told Itar-Tass news agency.

© Russia Today. 12 March, 2011


 


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Friday, 11 March 2011
Alexander Palace, Portrait Hall
Topic: Alexander Palace

A photograph of the Portrait Hall in the Alexander Palace, taken before the Second World War

11 March, 2011



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Winter Sleigh Rides at Tsarskoe Selo
Topic: Tsarskoye Selo

Visitors to Tsarskoe Selo can enjoy a winter sleigh ride through the Alexander Park. Enjoy the palaces, the park and its pavilions in a two-horse, open four-seat carriage. Weather permitting of course.

© GMZ Tsarskoe Selo. 11 March, 2011


 


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Updated: Friday, 11 March 2011 4:53 PM EST
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The Alexander Palace: Plundered by the Nazis
Topic: Alexander Palace

Plundered by the Nazis, the former Study of Emperor Nicholas II in 1944

11 March, 2011



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Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:11 PM EDT
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A La Vieille Russie will Exhibit Items by Faberge at the TEFAF Maastricht 2011
Topic: Faberge

A La Vieille Russie, New York 

A La Vieille Russie, the New York art and antiques gallery that counts among the world’s leaders in antique jewellery and Russian works of art, will exhibit exquisite items by Fabergé, as well as a very rare English necklace, at the TEFAF Maastricht 2011, The European Fine Art Fair that opens on March 18.

Among the highlights are two elegant enamel Fabergé frames, as well as a French 18th century lacquer box, and a Victorian garnet and diamond necklace and earrings. Other highlights include a great collection of Russian cloisonné enamel, featuring significant commemorative pieces.

"We always bring top representative examples of what we sell in the gallery in New York, with a focus on European antique jewelry, snuff boxes and objets de vertu, and of course Fabergé," said Mark Schaffer, a partner in A La Vieille Russie (ALVR).

"The Victorian garnet and diamond necklace and earrings have a rich earthy wine color that you want to see in a Victorian garnet suite,’’ said Mr. Schaffer. ``It is increasingly difficult to find such exquisite antique jewelry, and this is reflected in the six-figure price of this striking suite."

ALVR’s stand is completely re-designed and updated, meant to be a jewel-like microcosm of its New York space. In fact, this year is its 17th exhibiting at TEFAF, making it one of the longest-exhibiting US dealers at the fair.

"We participate in TEFAF because it continues to be the fair with the greatest depth and breadth of artworks," said Mr. Schaffer. "From around the world, polymaths with a passion for art, and for collecting, arrive to visit TEFAF’s critical mass of offerings in any number of fields, from Old Master pictures, to Modern art, to Modern design, to Works on Paper, to Antiquities, to Antiques."

In the 160 years since its founding, ALVR has bought and sold countless Fabergé pieces, including many Imperial Easter Eggs. ALVR was key in creating some of the leading Fabergé collections, including the Forbes Magazine Collection, now partially owned by Victor Vekselberg. Other clients included Grand Duchesses Ksenia and Olga, sisters of Nicholas II, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and King Farouk. Works from the gallery are loaned to museums around the world and exhibited regularly.

© Art Daily. 11 March, 2011



 


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Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:11 PM EDT
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Chekhov Monument Unveiled Near Moscow
Topic: Chekhov

A new monument of Russian writer and playright, Anton Chekhov has been unveiled in the town of Istra, near Moscow.

The monument was erected to mark the 150th anniversary of the writer’s birth, which took place last year. The writer’s family lived in Voskresensk (the former name of Istra) for almost 2 years. In the nearby Chikinskaya hospital, Chekhov underwent practical training before becoming a doctor at the same hospital. In the neighboring Babkino Village, the Chekhovs rented a summer cottage for three summers.

The architect Vladimir Syagin and the artist Vladimir Surovtsev were chosen to become to create the monument. 
      
The monument sits in a square on the campus of the local teachers’ training college.

© Russia Info-Centre. 11 March, 2011



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